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St Johnstone’s Brian Easton aiming to put season of ‘torture’ behind him

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Brian Easton will be careful not to rush his latest comeback from injury as the St Johnstone defender seeks to put a season of “torture” behind him.

Most of the Saints squad return for pre-season training on Monday but the left-back has cut short his holidays to get back to work early.

“I have been in most of the summer,” said Easton, who only made 15 appearances in a campaign that was more stop than start.

“Normally that wouldn’t be great but after all the frustrations and disappointments of last season I’m not complaining.

“I just want to get back playing as quickly as possible. It’s feeling good now but I still have a wee bit to go.

“It was the most frustrating season of my career without a doubt. There have been times when I was injured or wasn’t getting as much game time as I’d have wanted at clubs. But that was torture.

“If you had told me at the start I would be out for seven or eight months it would have been gutting but I’d have got my head round it.

“But we couldn’t put a finger on the problem and it dragged on and on until I got my second operation towards the end of the season.

“The surgeon didn’t know the extent of the problem until he went in. When he said the groins were in pretty bad shape I was actually relieved to hear that. At least it meant he was able to deal with the issue that had plagued me all season and it wasn’t in my head.”

Easton added: “We are pretty much on schedule after the op. He warned I would feel discomfort getting back into it and I will probably be eased into training with the lads.

“If it was up to me I’d be straight back at it but we have to be careful after last year was a write-off.

“I had a hernia operation to start with and then went to Leicester for groin release treatment. There was a lot of

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St Johnstone coach Paul Mathers will snub Jack Ross’ Sunderland and is poised to sign new deal with Saints

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Saints boss Tommy Wright slammed new Black Cats gaffer Jack Ross for tapping up his goalkeeping coach

PAUL MATHERS has decided to stay with St Johnstone despite a Sunderland approach.

Saints boss Tommy Wright slammed new Black Cats gaffer Jack Ross for tapping up his goalkeeping coach.

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Tommy Wight slammed Jack Ross for poaching Mathers

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But Mather has now told the Perth club he’s staying put and is poised to sign a new deal.

Wright, who is set to lose No2 Callum Davidson to Stoke in the next few days, said: “Paul has told me he is staying, which is great news.

“He is an excellent coach and someone we didn’t want to lose. We had a good chat and there is an agreement for him to sign a new contract.

“He has been very good for our goalkeepers, both Alan Mannus and Zander Clark have been excellent in the last few years.

“And there is real progress being made with our young keepers as well.”

Wright was upset that Ross didn’t lift the phone, but the pair held talks and cleared the air.

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He added: “I had a conversation with Jack, as far as I’m concerned the whole thing is done now.”

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St Johnstone boss hits out at Jack Ross over Paul Mathers approach

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Tommy Wright last night hit out at Sunderland boss Jack Ross for making an illegal approach for his goalkeeping coach Paul Mathers behind the St Johnstone manager’s back.

Wright, who is also facing the prospect of losing his assistant manager Callum Davidson to Stoke City, was furious when he found out talks had begun between the English League One club and Mathers without his consent.

“I’m very disappointed but I suppose nothing should surprise you in football these days,” said Wright, who revealed that Mathers had recently agreed a new deal at McDiarmid Park following interest from Dundee United.

“If it was me, the first thing I would do if I wanted to speak to another manager’s member of staff would be to pick up the phone.

“Jack Ross is a new manager in the game and maybe the new breed do things differently.

“The fact that he hasn’t phoned me or answered my calls tells you more about him.

“It’s underhand and disrespectful – to me and to the club.

“It’s out of order.”

Wright added: “I would have thought a club like Sunderland would have done their business properly.

“I’ve got some sympathy with Paul and can understand that he would want to speak to them but I should be the first person to know.

“I’m still hoping that Paul will stay.

“He agreed a new contract 10 days ago after interest from Dundee United, who acted with total professionalism.”

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